Through local, regional and national auditions, Crane River Theater has cast professional artists from across the country, representing thirty-four states, to live and work for months at a time here in Central Nebraska. Based on the success of the last eleven seasons, board members will once again recruit actors, designers and directors at audition festivals in five major cities as well host our own local auditions in Kearney for the 2021 season. Audition sites include the Asolo Conservatory Auditions in Sarasota, Fla., American College Theater Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United Professional Theater Auditions in Memphis, Tenn.,  Local Auditions in Kearney, Midwest Theater Auditions in St. Louis, Mo., and the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. During these auditions, more than 5,000 regional professionals will be exposed to the idea of Central Nebraska as an area arts center.

Crane River Theater welcomes actors, directors, technicians, and education directors to audition for our upcoming 2021 season (high school age and up). Please visit one of the links below for more information about how to audition and interview at each festival and at local auditions.

If you are unable to attend one of our auditions, we are happy to accept video submissions. Please send a musical selection(s), and/or a monologue, along with your resume and headshot to

Many contracted company members will carry multiple responsibilities. Some will be actors in multiple shows and others will be an actor in one show and participate in one of the following: Scene and Costume Construction, House Management, Publicity, or teaching Arts Education classes for youth.

Non-contracted company members will be cast on a per-show basis, and carry limited behind-the-scenes responsibilities.


Contracted company members are expected to arrive in Kearney by the first rehearsal date. The final day of employment will be the day following the final performance.

The All Night Strut – Rehearsals begin April 6. Performances are April 22-25.
Cinderella –
Rehearsals begin May 17. Performances are June 18-July 3.
Mamma Mia – Rehearsals begin May 17. Performances are July 23-August 8.
Celebrate Broadway – Rehearsals begin in July. Performances are August 14 & 15.
The Miracle Worker – Rehearsals begin in August. Performances are September 9-13.
The Woman in Black – Rehearsals begin in October 2021. Performances are October 21-24.
Miracle on 34th Street The Musical – Rehearsals begin in November 2021. Performances are December 18-22, 2021.

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